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Just wondering, have any of you guys ever had a rod that was too sensitive?

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When you mean too sensitive, do you mean that it's so sensitive you swing for the fences on everything that feels like different  Especially if you never "really" felt what grass, stumps, rocks..etc felt like before?  Then YES!  When I fished my first Cumara I was setting hooks on things I never felt before. Once I learned what things felt like it was fine.  It did take a few outings. 

 

This was even on a reaction series rod, before I knew what it meant I used it as a drop shot once.  I was able to feel everything and it was amazing when I landed my first fish on it because you just felt the fish just gulp it.  Not tap or line taking it was like how some people say you can feel a fish breathe on it, that is when I first understood what they meant.  I even felt a fish swim by it because I set the hook and what was on the hook was a scale.

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Yes, that is exactly what i mean. I used to fish with Ugly Stiks, and i went out and got a Legend Tournament. I thought everything i tapped with my jig was a fish. When i finally figured out what a fish felt like, i realized how many bites i was unknowingly getting before.

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yes... for reaction baits like cranks. no... for finesse and bottom contact... 

 

Mitch

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I could never have a rod too sensitive!

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Having a rod that is "too sensitive" for any lure is like saying that you caught too many fish. It's impossible.

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I am starting to change my opinion on rod sensitivity. Since I have been fishing with this NRX, I've been setting the hook on everything, up to, and including a stiff breeze.

Hootie

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When my NRX gets too sensitive I just  put on my welders gloves.

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When my NRX gets too sensitive I just put on my welders gloves.

Hey, you were a welder? That's what I retired from. Forty five years. What a run!

Hootie

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Haha when,i,get a nrx i will! As for now no my rods do what i want them to!

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This question is like asking if there is a such a thing as a chick too hot.

Being able to tell the difference between a fish and snag, stump, rock, vegetation, etc... is part angler and part equipment. Wether I am fishing my fenwick elite tech rod or my nrx distinguishing a fish from something else is the same, it is the level of amplication that changes.

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I doubt a rod can be too sensitive, it's as good as the person holding it.  I've been catching fish my entire life with rods considered not overly sensitive, I'm good with that.

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A couple of things that are for certain are: The more sensitive the rod is, the more it will cost and the easier it will break. My first rod for bass fishing was glass. I caught plenty of bass on it. I never felt handicaped by it. Then along came the first generation of graphite rods. They were skinnier and somewhat lighter than glass but otherwise not much different. I certainly didn't double my catch on them or even increase it probably. However I did manage to break my first rod ever with these new fangaled graphite rods.

 

As time went on the rods became faster and faster and lighter and lighter and more brittle and expensive. Yesterdays state of the art, elite level rod becomes todays entry level rod. Marketing 101 to catch the gullible.

 

For moving baits I have found that a glass rod results in more hook ups and landed fish than a fast action graphite rod. Many times I've seen bass come up behind chatterbaits and spinnerbaits and felt them hit,  while using a fast action graphite and braided line. I'd set the hook and miss the fish. I thought the fish were striking short. The reality was that I was jerking the bait away from them before they had it fully in their mouths. With a glass rod and mono line I have many more hook ups and many fewer "short strikes".

 

Even for fishing jigs and worms I don't really care about the sensitivity of the rod. Why? Because I watch the line and I move the bait with the line across my finger. I find this combination to be more "sensitive" to bites and the bottom than any rod.

 

The bottom line is to use whatever works best for you. You might be surprised at what actually works.

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Just wondering, have any of you guys ever had a rod that was too sensitive?

That's like asking if you ever had pizza that tasted too good.

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